URGENT: Protect Children from Pornography

March 1

Dear Friend,

Along with our allies at Family Voice, we have an urgent request for your help.

House Bill (H.B.) 1257 would protect children from exposure to pornography by requiring any website publishing pornography to conduct industry standard age verification of its users, while maintaining user privacy.

Studies show that by the age of 17, 75% of children have been exposed to pornography. They also show that the average age children first view pornography is between 7 and 13 years old, and most of those exposures happen accidentally. Even more concerning, research proves that pornography is as harmful to your brain as a hard drug. Our children are being exposed to material that is harming them the way a hard drug would, and they’re stumbling upon it by accident. H.B. 1257 would put a stop to it while ensuring all user data remains protected.

Parents are the first guardians of their child’s innocence. Ensuring kids are protected from early exposure to pornography is a critical step to making sure parents are the ones providing their kids with age-appropriate sexual education when they know it is right.

H.B. 1257 was dead in committee, but on Monday, the legislature can “smoke it out” with a one third vote on the Senate floor. So, we need you to contact your state senator and ask him or her to support H.B. 1257 on Monday. Doing so is easy in our Action Center.

Along with our allies at Family Voice, who have worked tirelessly to get this bill passed, we urge you to partner with us to protect kids from early exposure to pornography.

Send a message to your state senator NOW and urge them to protect South Dakota kids!

For our kids,Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Joseph Kohm
Director, Public Policy